The Beauty Crop GRLPWR Liquid Lipsticks | Review + Giveaway

I'm a sucker for new lip products. I fell for The Beauty Crop's PBJ Smoothie Sticks a couple months ago (review here), so it's no surprise that their new line of GRLPWR Liquid Lipsticks have become fast favorites, too. The lovely people at The Beauty Crop sent me a Girl Gang Liquid Lipstick Set to review and will also be giving away a set to one of my readers! Details will be at the end of the post. The new line of GRLPWR Liquid Lipsticks is meant to celebrate female empowerment and individuality, a movement very close to my heart. I 100% would call myself a feminist, and The Beauty Crop's mission to create a network of friendship and support among women just seems like an awesome cause.

R-L | Imma Bawse, Date Night, Che Guava, Greige Expectations, Peach Please

R-L | Imma Bawse, Date Night, Che Guava, Greige Expectations, Peach Please

The liquid lipstick trend is still sticking around, it seems. When I want a pack of pigment, I always head straight for a liquid-matte option that will stick around for hours. The Beauty Crop's new line is meant to be highly pigmented, long-lasting, as well as smooth and creamy, containing Vitamin E and Shea Butter to combat the dryness usually associated with liquid lipsticks. They're also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Girl Gang Set comes with five shades: Peach Please, a bright warm peach, Greige Expectations, a cool-toned mauve brown, Che Guava, a dusty cool pink, Date Night, a raisin brown, and Imma Bawse, a deep vampy red. It's the perfect starter set of colors, in my opinion. My personal favorites are Greige Expectations and Date Night - I'm a sucker for neutrals. 

When I was first swatching these on my arm, the formula felt like a thin liquid, like the Colourpop or Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. But when I put them on my lips, they were actually a super thin, lightweight, mousse-y texture - I was so surprised. They literally feel like nothing on the lips, and they dried down super quickly. This means you do have to work quickly to make the darkest shade, Imma Bawse, look even, but it's still do-able. I'm currently sitting with one on my lips now and I just keep touching my lips because I can't believe I have a product on them. And the formula isn't transferring to my fingers either. They last a few hours before fading evenly, but they will wear away in the middle first from eating. Because they're so lightweight and airy though, reapplying is a breeze, and it doesn't make them flake or crack.

To enter the giveaway, please see below! This giveaway is US-only and will be open until 2/21/17 11:59 PM. Good luck!

Wedding Inspiration

I know I just had a wedding-related post last week, but I've gone a bit wedding crazy. After finding my perfect dress (it's called the "Venita" from Maggie Sottero's Avery collection if you want to look it up *raises eyebrows*), I'm on a mission to find my "perfect" everything. We've seen one venue so far and I fell in love - of course. It's a hotel that was built in the 20s, so it has the vintage feel I'm looking for as well as an atrium with tons of natural light. I have a feeling I'm going to just fall for the first thing of everything I see. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to give you a little peek into my "moodboard." I'm thinking lots of blush pink, lots of greenery, and touches of rose gold. All photos below were found on Pinterest, but I will leave their sources at the end of the post.

Can we talk about that stunning vintage-inspired headpiece? I've got the Etsy shop favorited now - they have some similar rose gold styles, too. My dress feels a little vintage, so I think a headpiece like that would be perfect. I'm definitely looking to have succulents here and there - in bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. As I said above, the main color I'm centering on so far is blush pink - I already know it will be the bridesmaids' dress color, and I'm thinking I'm going to give my sister some extra rose gold accents to make her stand out as Maid of Honor. Speaking of rose gold, I want a lot of it. I love the terrarium-esque centerpieces in the photos above, and I think I'll definitely look for something like them. Having a cute balloon set up like the one pictured would be fun for photo ops, too, I think.

Succulent Boutonniere / Blush Bridesmaid Dresses / Love Balloon / 1920s Headpiece / Copper Centerpiece / Color Swatches / Bouquet

You can follow my wedding moodboard on Pinterest here. Do you set up moodboards like this? It's actually one of my favorite things to do.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye Con No. 7 | The Lover

I've pretty much been lusting after a Marc Jacobs Style Eye Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow Palette ever since the whole line launched - the only problem was none of the color collections really spoke to me. The neutral option, "The Lolita," seemed a little too similar to things I already had, and a little too neutral, which I didn't know was possible for me. Fast forward to late last year when I noticed the new palette called "The Lover" on Sephora's website, and it was frankly love at first sight.

I've been thinking about what kind of makeup I'll wear when I get married for the longest time, and as soon as I laid eyes on this palette I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. The main color of my wedding is going to be blush pink, so this lineup of shades is perfect. My sister got me this palette for Christmas this past year after I couldn't shut up about it for months.

Each Style Eye Con palette comes with seven shades, and The Lover palette is a collection of rosy neutrals. These are just my absolute favorite shades at the moment, as I'm really having a love affair with everything blush pink. This palette is best for softer eyeshadow looks, as there's really only that last darker brown shade to deepen things up. I'm all about a soft eye look though, so this palette is right up my alley. 

Every shade is beautiful and pigmented. The mattes are buttery smooth without being chalky, and the shimmers are creamy and not chunky. I'm amazed by the palest pink shade on the far left of the palette - look how pigmented the swatch is! It makes for the perfect highlight shade for a tonal pink look. The shades all go so well together without just looking like repeats of the same shade over and over (which is how I sometimes feel about the UD Naked3). They do kick up some powder when you place a brush in the pan (ABH shadows do this, too), which isn't an issue for me, but I know some people get annoyed by that. I haven't experienced any fallout with any of the shades, either, so the shadows are not powdery once picked up. They build up on the lid beautifully and also work well as a sheer wash of color. The buttery smooth texture blends effortlessly without getting patchy or muddy, too. When used with a primer, these also lasted all day long on me without creasing or fading. It's a wedding day contender for sure.

Have you tried any of the Style Eye Con Eyeshadow Palettes? 'The Lover' seems to be limited edition, so you better go snap it up soon if you're into it!

Pink Lipsticks for Valentine's Day

Pink lipsticks for Valentine's Day? Groundbreaking, am I right? I'm going with the cliche this year and rounding up some of my favorite rosy tones to make the lips look flushed and pouty. I know red lipstick is also a popular option at this time of year, but for my lowkey plans (sitting on my couch watching Downton Abbey by myself because Brett will be back at the Police Academy), it's a little too high-maintenance.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil, 'Rikugien' | This is the OG rosy lipstick in my collection. NARS Rikugien is a lovely wash of pink that looks so pretty and feminine. The Satin Lip Pencils have one of my favorite formulas, feeling creamy and comfortable on the lips but still having quite good longevity.

Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer, 'Plum Pop' | The Clinique Lip Pops are another one of my favorite lipstick formulas - super creamy and smoothing on the lips. Plum Pop is, as the name suggests, a more plummy tone. It's like a more intense version of one of my favorites, MAC Syrup. It's a little bit of a unique take on the classic rose option.

Glossier Generation G, 'Crush' (20% off here) | I feel like I mention at least one Generation G shade in every lipstick roundup I write. The shade Crush is perfect for Valentine's Day, as it leaves a sheer wash of bright pink, making the lips look flushed and just-bitten. This shade would look so nice with a flushed cheek and fluttery lashes.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme, 'Shush, Blush' | Because I haven't raved about this formula enough, I needed to mention it here. If you like the intensity of liquid lipsticks but not how drying and matte they are, I'd definitely recommend giving these a look. It leaves a satin-y sheen on the lips that doesn't fully dry down, so it's still comfortable throughout the day. Shush, Blush is a lovely deep pink shade that's perfect if you want something a little more bold.

Guerlain KissKiss Satin Finish Lipstick, 'Rosy Boop' | This beautiful lipstick is the one that inspired me to search my collection for some rosier tones. It's such a lovely soft pink that looks quite similar to a natural lip color. These lipsticks feel so beautiful on, containing hyaluronic acid for some subtle plumpness, and this shade has a soft golden shimmer that enhances the lips.

Rikugien, Plum Pop, Crush, Shush Blush, Rosy Boop, Pillow Talk, Petale de Rose, Mascarpone

Rikugien, Plum Pop, Crush, Shush Blush, Rosy Boop, Pillow Talk, Petale de Rose, Mascarpone

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, 'Pillow Talk' | I couldn't write about pink lipsticks and not include this stunning (and new!) pinky-nude, could I? Pillow Talk is the ultimate lip-enhancing shade, perfect for drawing attention to the lips in a subtle way. The Matte Revolution Lipsticks are never drying and yet stick around - they're more of a luminous matte.

Jouer Longwear Lip Creme, 'Petale de Rose' | Jouer's liquid lipsticks are probably my favorites, and Petale de Rose is a stunning rose shade on the lips. It's quite neutral (which Jouer does best), but it still adds a soft pop of pink that's perfect for Valentine's Day. It adds such a romantic feel to a whole look and stays put for hours without feeling too dry.

Bite Beauty Multistick, 'Mascarpone' | Ok I'm obsessed with the Multisticks. I've just started using Mascarpone more and more, and I don't know why it took me so long. It's a really pretty warm, almost deep salmon-y pink. The Multisticks can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks, and they perform well on all three. This is definitely one to check out if you're a fan of monochrome looks.

Are you going with a pink lipstick today, or something else?

Natural Valentine's Day Lip Prep

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I've been wanting to kick my lip balm game up a notch. I was constantly using the same tube of lip balm day after day, and although I love it beyond words, I just had an itch to try some more options. I received the loveliest PR package last week with a few different natural lip balms, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts. I've been after a good natural lip balm for ages because I love that they just use natural oils and butters to hydrate and soften the lips. 

Meow Meow Tweet Vegan Lip Balm* | This is my favorite of the four featured here because it has the best consistency and longevity for my preferences. It uses cocoa butter, olive oil, and coconut oil to hydrate and repair dry lips. It has a lovely cushion-y texture that feels ultra-hydrating on the lips. I was sent the Tangerine Lime scent, and now I'm tempted to try the other two scents as well as the unscented version.

Soapwalla Lip Locked Coconut Lime Lip Balm* | I really like this one because of its unique shape - it's an oval instead of the usual circle, so it's easy to apply to the lips without going outside the lip line. This one mainly uses avocado oil and coconut oil as well as Vitamin E to hydrate the lips. This one gives long-lasting hydration, and the consistency is a little bit thinner than the Meow Meow Tweet option.

Love + Sage Mint Condition Lip Balm* | I love a good minty lip balm to feel refreshed throughout the day, and this one is a new favorite. It conditions the lips with avocado oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, and is scented with mint, sage, and eucalyptus. The scent is very subtle but still very relaxing. This one feels ultra soothing on the lips, so it's perfect after a long day of wearing a matte lipstick.

Captain Blankenship Rosy Red Lip Balm* | This last option is absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day because it has a subtle red tint that leaves the lips looking flushed and beautifully stained. It uses shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and Vitamin E to nourish the lips, as well as beet root and gromwell root extracts for the red tint. I love using this on both the lips and cheeks for a super natural, dewy flush.

What's your favorite lip balm? Have you tried any of these natural brands?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions and results are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

The Primer Edit

Up until a few months ago, I wasn't a primer-wearer at all. In fact, I don't think I even owned more than one for awhile, and I rarely used that one anyway. I don't know what changed, but now I'm all about prepping my skin for makeup not only with skincare, but also a good primer.

THE ONE THAT'S SKINCARE | I have a few that are skincare, but the most skincare-y of all is the Onomie Powerful Priming Serum* (review). I use this as my serum step in the morning and it really helps to perk up and hydrate the skin. It has a subtle shimmer in it as well that gives the skin a lovely glow. Over time, I have noticed skincare benefits such as smoother and more even skin.

THE DEWY ONES | The other two that are more like skincare products than primers are the Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Priming Moisturizer Rich* (review). They both work really well to plump up the skin and majorly diminish redness, so choosing one just depends on your skin's needs. The original Priming Moisturizer is a thinner lotion that feels cooling and soothing on the skin, while the new Rich version is thicker and more hydrating. I actually love using the Rich as my day cream and then following up with the original moisturizer as my primer a few minutes later - dewiest. skin. ever. You can get 20% off your first Glossier order by shopping with me here.

THE GLOWY ONE | I'm not exactly sure where the line between dewy and glowy is, but the Becca Backlight Priming Filter is for sure on the glowy side. As the name suggests, it gives the skin a beautiful, lit-from-within glow that doesn't read as too "disco ball." This is one I reach for without fail after a late night - if my skin is feeling particularly dull and dehydrated, I'll mix it in with the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich.

THE PLUMPING ONE | The Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer is the one that got me back into primers. I picked it up in the Sephora VIB Sale and promptly fell in love with it. It's a thin lotion consistency, like the Priming Moisturizer, but it somehow plumps and smooths out my skin even more. It just makes my skin feel so pillow-y and moisturized, and this one in particular really prolongs the wear of my foundation.

THE BLURRING ONE | My latest primer obsession is the Milk Makeup Blur Stick (review). It really does everything it says, blurring pores and fine lines and controlling excess oil. It somehow also really evens out my skintone despite being clear, so it's basically just magic. I love that it's oil- and silicone-free, so it hasn't been breaking me out. This is the first blurring and smoothing primer that I've been able to use without breaking out in painful cystic spots around my nose.

THE CALMING ONE | The Cover FX Calming Primer is the latest addition to my stash of primers, but it's already been well-loved. Like the name suggests, it calms the skin down using skincare ingredients like Endothelyol and St. John's Wort. If I'm having an especially stressful day, this one is perfect as it instantly soothes my flushed skin. I like using this one on no-makeup days on its own, too, just to even out my skintone without adding any coverage. The consistency, again, is a lightweight cream that sinks into the skin beautifully.

What's your favorite primer?